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Learning To Lament In Prayer

The Practice of Prayer

Preached by: Phill Howell | 03/29/20

Scripture/Text: Psalm 13:1-6; Psalm 77:1-20; A prayer of lament is a prayer in pain that leads us to trust. In Mark Vroegop's excellent book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, he writes: “Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God. Without lament, we won't know how to process pain. Silence, bitterness, and even anger can dominate our spiritual lives instead. Without lament, we won't know how to help people walking through sorrow. Instead, we'll offer trite solutions, unhelpful comments, or impatient responses...Lament is how Christians grieve...We need to recover the ancient practice of lament and the grace that comes through it. Christianity suffers when lament is missing. Therefore, the goal of this message is to help us learn how to lament and to receive the grace that comes when we do it.